Humanities

Rebecca Edwards - Head of Humanities Faculty

Rebecca Edwards teaches History and Politics. She studied History, English, Maths and Further Maths at A Level and went on to read History and Politics at Oxford. She has since tried her hand at teaching Maths before deciding to teach History, most recently at a secondary school in Westminster. Being from Derby (the birthplace of the industrial revolution), Ms Edwards’ passions lie with the 18th and 19th centuries, in particular the immense social and political changes that were happening at those times. Aside from History, Ms Edwards loves to travel, her most recent trip is taking the train from London to Beijing and travelling through China; she next hopes to hitchhike around Cuba.

Renna Karia - Teacher of Economics

Renna Karia’s interest in politics and economics stemmed from her desire as a young girl to make sense of the world she was living in. Her degree in the subjects and PGCE allowed her to embark on a rich and varied teaching career. She has taught in colleges and schools in both the UK and Cyprus, with the prestigious English School in Nicosia being her last post. She has run several economics departments and economics societies and has been involved in teacher training and the Comenius School Exchange Program. Even after 30 years in education, Renna is still passionate about teaching and is committed to ensuring her students grow to be self-empowered and confident young leaders.

Alex Ryzak - Teacher of Economics

Alex Ryzak teaches Economics.  She studied Economics, Politics, Maths, English Literature and Chemistry at AS and A level and went on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.  She is a recent convert to teaching, having spent 5 years applying herself to solving the principal-agent problem as an executive pay consultant.  Alex's love of academia was revitalised by her recent completion of an MSc in Human Resource Management at Birkbeck, University of London (the night student's college) and this convinced her to move into teaching.  In her spare time Alex enjoys walking, baking, jogging and listening to Radio 4.

Conor Walsh - Teacher of Economics

Conor Walsh teaches Economics at Harris Westminster. Mr Walsh read Economics at Cambridge and trained as a teacher at a school in West London. He thoroughly enjoys teaching at HWSF, in particular taking advantage of our location, right at the heart of things. In his holidays he enjoys travelling, and is planning an American adventure this summer, travelling New York to San Francisco by train.

Amy Johnson - Teacher of Geography

Amy Johnson teaches Geography at Harris Westminster. Her undergraduate degree is from University College London in Geography. After a year abroad living, working and skiing in Canada, she returned to London to undertake a PGCE at the Institute of Education. After many years teaching, Miss Johnson returned to education herself with a MSc in Globalisation, also at UCL. For her Masters dissertation she researched the impact television shows such as ‘Homeland’ have on viewers’ geopolitical imaginations, conducting discourse analysis on internet comment forums. Whilst completing the course, Miss Johnson learnt to row with UCL on the Tideway and continues to train to a high level, this year qualifying for and competing at the prestigious Henley Women’s Regatta.

Diana Larsson - Teacher of Geography

A geographer, a linguist and a European, Mrs Diana Larsson has been teaching for 10 years and has done so in three different countries. For her Masters degree in Geography Education at UCL (Institute of Education) she researched how geography has developed as a subject in the countries where she has been a learner and a teacher by looking at the national curricula of Sweden, Romania and England. Alongside her true calling for geography and travel she is also interested in languages - she has a combined Masters degree in Education from Uppsala University, Sweden, in Geography and English as a Foreign Language. She is also fluent in Romanian and French and has Japanese next on her list. Besides being a keen reader and an outdoors person, she plays tennis and handball and also enjoys getting frustrated on the golfing greens as often as possible.

Rohit Rao - Teacher of Geography

Rohit Rao grew up in the Lake District, which fostered his passion for Geography. Studying Geography and French at the University of St Andrews allowed him to specialise in dendroclimatology, publishing a paper on the use of tree rings to cheaply and accurately observe past climate change. As a student, Mr Rao spent his time kayaking and climbing in the Highlands, and coordinating overseas expeditions, including a coast-to-coast bicycle journey across Africa. He has taught for a year beside the Great Barrier Reef, a year in the Indian Ocean, a year in the Caribbean and a year in the Amazon, as well as two years in exotic Dagenham. In his spare time, Mr Rao enjoys coaching tennis, watching sport and indulging his love of spicy food.

Peter McKean - Teacher of History and Politics

Peter McKean teaches History and Politics. He read History at Cambridge and has taught in a number of schools over the past 15 years. His historical interests are varied, ranging from the Vikings in Europe to modern African history, via the Tudors, the Age of Revolutions and the history of the USA. He is currently working on a PhD on 19th century South Africa at Royal Holloway, University of London, examining issues of race and nationhood during the British administration of what was then known as the Cape Colony. In keeping with his eclectic historical interests, he enjoys traipsing around castles, museums, ancient ruins and battlefields. He also has a passion for current affairs and debate, and is following the US election campaign with trepidation; he also enjoys singing in a choir, quizzes, baking and eating cake, the theatre, and playing cricket badly.

Lizzie Skeaping - Teacher of History and Politics 

Lizzie Skeaping teaches History and Politics at Harris Westminster. She studied History and Culture at the University of Warwick, specialising in Renaissance Italian art and modern Irish history. Before joining HWSF, she taught at The National Archives, home to some of the UK's most iconic historical records, and completed a Masters in Museums and Galleries in Education. Her fascination with different lives and cultures prompted her to teach abroad in Vietnam and Spain. She enjoys sport and dreams of playing cricket for England.

Frances Sleap - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Frances Sleap studied Philosophy and Theology and then the Study of Religions at Oxford, writing her Master’s dissertation on the idea of chosenness in modern Judaism. Before deciding to pursue a longstanding interest in education she worked at the Dialogue Society, an Islamically-inspired intercultural dialogue charity. Her work included co-authoring an introduction to ‘Dialogue Theories’ and providing training for postgraduate students. She is still fascinated by the dynamics of dialogue in different contexts and is excited to work in the natural dialogue hotspot that is the PTE classroom. Her other interests include poetry and the ethical issues surrounding energy and climate change

Tristan Stone - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics
Head of Wilberforce House

Tristan Stone teaches PTE (Philosophy, Theology and Ethics) at HWSF, and is also Head of Wilberforce House, having spent several years teaching RS, Music and English in schools and colleges in Kent.  He read Theology & Religious Studies at Cambridge and has recently published two Study Guides for PushMe Press on "Science and Religion" and "God and Evil". At school, Mr Stone was granted a special dispensation to avoid PE in favour of practising the piano which accounts for his complete ineptitude at all things sport, although he enjoys a mediocre game of tennis. Mr Stone leads a number of extra-curricular activities at Harris Westminster in music, drama and media.

Greg East - Teacher of Politics, Economics and Mathematics

Greg East teaches Politics, Economics & Maths at Harris Westminster. Having studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Durham University he went onto teach Maths & Politics at a school in Newcastle, completing his training through the Teach First programme. Politically active from a young age, Greg’s specialisms lie in the history of the British Left and the modern electoral strategies of UK political parties. Having run the debating programme at his previous school, he believes in the power of speech and argument, and is passionate about his students becoming articulate and self-confident orators. Aside from teaching Greg is a keen tennis and football player, and when he’s not playing sport, he spends time following his beloved Derby County FC.